HC Deb 05 March 1987 vol 111 cc687-8W
37. Mr. John Townend

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what are the immigration figures from the Indian subcontinent for the last three calendar years; and what estimates there are for the current year.

Mr. Waddington

As published in table 1 of Home Office statistical bulletin 38/86, the numbers of nationals of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh accepted for settlement in the United Kingdom in the years 1984 and 1985 and in the nine months ending September 1986 were 14,840, 17,510 and 11,390, respectively. The annual total for 1986 will be published later this month in the next statistical bulletin in this series. It is not our practice to publish estimates of future levels of acceptances for settlement because of the number of varying and unpredictable factors which affect the figures.

40. Sir John Farr

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what was the total number of cases of illegal immigration into the United Kingdom known to him in the latest available 12-month period.

Mr. Waddington

Information on persons dealt with as illegal entrants is published quarterly in the Home Office statistical bulletins on the control of immigration statistics. Action was commenced against 1,436 persons as illegal entrants in the 12 months ending September 1986 (table 13 of issue 38/86). Figures for the whole of 1986 will he published later this month.

47. Mr. Teddy Taylor

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is his policy towards the right of entry to the United Kingdom of nationals of other countries who have established the right of settlement in other European Economic Community countries; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Waddington

Non-EC nationals settled in other EC countries are accorded the same rights of entry to the United Kingdom as those settled in countries outside the EC. They acquire no right to preferential treatment as regards entry to the United Kingdom simply because they have a right of settlement elsewhere in the Community.